Raimond Valgre

Raimond Valgre (born Raimond Tiisel; 7 October 1913 – 31 December 1949) was an Estonian composer and musician, whose songs have become some of the most well known in Estonia.[1] During World War II, Raimond was a member of the orchestra for the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps of the Red Army. It is believed that as a result of his service on the Eastern Front Raimond suffered from alcoholism.[1] His music was banned in 1948 by the Soviet authorities. Raimond Valgre died in an accident on December 31, 1949.

Raimond Valgre
Birth nameRaimond Tiisel
Born(1913-10-07)October 7, 1913
Riisipere, Russian Empire (now Estonia)
OriginTallinn, Estonia
DiedDecember 31, 1949(1949-12-31) (aged 36)
Tallinn, Estonia
GenresFolk music
InstrumentsVocals, drums, piano, accordion, guitar
Years active1933–1949

The revival of Valgre's compositions began in the Soviet Union of the 1960s. This included Armenian jazz vocalist Tatevik Oganesyan's rendition of "A Little Story in the Music" in her album Day Dream.[2] The biographical feature film Those Old Love Letters (Need vanad armastuskirjad) followed in 1992.[1] In 2001, guitarist Francis Goya recorded twelve of the composer's songs in his album Pleased to Meet You, Mr. Valgre. The hosts of Eurovision Song Contest 2002, Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere performed "A Little Story in the Music" as part of the interval act.[3]

Notable work is also "Saaremaa Waltz".


  1. ^ a b c "Feature film". estonica.org. Archived from the original on 2001-10-01.
  2. ^ Tatevik Oganesyan. Day Dream. Melodija C60 23665 000. 1985
  3. ^ Modern fairytale: highlights of Eurovision song contest 2002. DVD. Estonian Television

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